un·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \

Definition of unworthy

1a : lacking in excellence or value : poor, worthless
2 : not meritorious : undeserving unworthy of attention
3 : not deserved : unmerited unworthy treatment
4 : inappropriate to one's condition or station actions unworthy of a gentleman

Other Words from unworthy

unworthily \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​t͟hə-​lē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \ adverb
unworthiness \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \ noun

Examples of unworthy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whereas most men graciously accept honors and willingly take credit, women often feel unworthy, says Golodryga. Jane Hanson, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Others have either moved too far away to go back or have deemed a commute unworthy of their time or money, especially given rising gas prices. Chandra Steele, PCMAG, 4 May 2022 Which is part of the issue with Cyrano, who may feel unworthy of love. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Part of being a hero is to have both the modesty to feel unworthy of such a heavy word and the strength to accept the responsibility that comes with others looking to you to be that hero. Austin Knoblauchassistant Editor, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 In July 2018, when a coalition of government-watchdog groups filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over New PAC spending $5,518 on private jets, FEC staff deemed the amount unworthy of an enforcement action. Jake Bernstein, The New York Review of Books, 23 Apr. 2020 The fact that so many unworthy players went so far is simply too damning. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 9 Dec. 2021 The post-presidential lives they're expected to lead are unworthy of them, especially when those long descents to the grave could stretch on for decades. Grayson Quay, The Week, 7 Apr. 2022 The film’s director Paul Haggis even considers the film to be unworthy of the honor. cleveland, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unworthy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Unworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworthy. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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un·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \
unworthier; unworthiest

Kids Definition of unworthy

1 : not deserving someone or something He's unworthy of such praise.
2 : not appropriate for a particular kind of person or thing That behavior is unworthy of you.

Other Words from unworthy

unworthiness \ -​t͟hē-​nəs \ noun



Legal Definition of unworthy

: not meritorious specifically, in the civil law of Louisiana : being or relating to an heir who is deprived of the right to inherit from a person because of a failure in a duty towards the person

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unworthiness noun

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